In kindergarten students move beyond a world that has been family and "me" centered to exposure and skill development that will enable them to communicate and interact with an ever-growing world.
In language arts, communication is developed through reading, journal writing, speaking and listening.
Math on the kindergarten level moves from the concrete to more abstract levels of thinking. The concepts covered explore operations and relationships of numbers, numeration and counting numbers, patterns and comparisons, position words, measurement and comparison, estimation, problem solving strategies, and an introduction to time and money. Communication development shows students who are beginning to use the language of mathematics to express ideas.
In social studies students explore their role and responsibilities in their world and community service is emphasized. Different cultures are explored through foreign country reports and students also explore holidays and traditions in America. On the banks of the Chattahoochee River students re-enact the role of Native Americans in the First Thanksgiving. Students also increase their awareness and respect for cultural diversity through our Spanish program, which enables students to communicate in another language. Spanish vocabulary is taught through the use of conversation, songs, games, stories, books and puppets.
Kindergarten classrooms are equipped with at least three Pentium PCs for student use with educational software. Students learn to recognize and locate keys on the keyboard, develop hand-eye coordination necessary for use of the mouse and to independently create projects using Kid Pix Deluxe 4 and other software programs. Kindergarten students have computer lab one day a week.
On the kindergarten level, physical education continues to develop students' basic locomotor skills. In a non-competitive, fun environment, students learn to appreciate lifetime fitness, the importance of cooperative play and team concepts.
Kindergartners come to class with knowledge of sounds and letters and are ready to discover more pre-reading skills. They are excited to be on their way to reading and are ready to learn concepts of print, orally manipulate words and individual sounds within spoken words, understand the relationship between letters and letter combinations of written words and the sounds of spoken words, and begin to read simple text orally with accuracy and expression.
By listening to good literature and communicating with teachers and peers, kindergartners acquire and use grade-level words and oral and visual skills to communicate effectively and to gain meaning from orally presented text.
Through journal writing, students learn to express themselves and learn that writing is a way of communicating. Good letter formation is encouraged as students begin to understand the principles of writing.
Kindergartners are introduced to Accelerated Reader.
Kindergarten mathematicians work to connect numerals to the quantities they represent and use representations to model addition and subtraction. By using manipulatives, they group objects according to common properties such as color, shape, texture, or number. Reading a calendar and telling time as it relates to their daily schedule is important to them. They name simple two-dimensional figures and recognize them in the environment and understand basic positional relationships. Kindergartners enjoy posing information questions, collecting data, organizing and recording results using objects, pictures, and picture graphs to understand the measurement of calendar time. They begin to solve mathematical problems using Exemplar and other methods such as Read it, Draw it, Solve it, and use the language of mathematics to express ideas.
A 100 days celebration is an exciting culmination to counting 100 days of school and learning the concept of 100.
Kindergarteners look forward to holidays and enjoy learning the purpose of national holidays and the people and events celebrated. Diverse community and family celebrations and customs point out the diversity of our American culture.
Students identify important American symbols and begin to understand the importance of being a good citizen. Stories illustrating positive character traits encourage qualities of honesty, patriotism, loyalty, courtesy, respect, truth, pride, self-control, moderation and accomplishment.
Students understand that a map is a drawing of a place and a globe is a model of the Earth. They learn to state the street address, city, county, state, nation and continent in which they live. Kindergartners travel around the world with their classmates as each student reports on a favorite country.
The children explore different occupations and learn that people work for wages and salaries. Experiences in the class store illustrate how money is used to purchase goods and services.
A Native American unit culminates in an exciting Pow Wow on the Roaring Branch Campus.
The science curriculum is designed to make students aware of the importance of curiosity, honesty, openness, and skepticism in science and exhibit these traits in their own efforts to understand how the world works. Students use tools and instruments for observing, measuring and manipulating objects in scientific activities and learn to compare the similarities and difference in groups of organisms.
Discussion of health issues encourages students to make good choices concerning their bodies and recognize the importance of basic personal hygiene and prevention of passing germs that cause sickness. Students learn to select nutritious foods that contribute to good health.
Safety practices at home, school, on the playground, in and around motor vehicles, and in special conditions such as weather, fire, strangers, etc. are stressed.
Once a week Music Appreciation classes introduce music through songs, rhythm instruments, movement, and dance.
Small motor skills are developed as kindergartners experiment with various art mediums and materials. Students enjoy creating self-portraits and holiday and seasonal pictures and crafts. Native American art is explored as they decorate a vest and headband for the annual Pow Wow. Art appreciation is encouraged through the study of famous paintings and artists. Through fun art experiences, students begin to learn art related terms.
Kindergartners build on basic computer skills learned in Pre-Kindergarten and learn to work with a partner to complete computer tasks. Using age-appropriate programs, emphasis is on phonics and math skills. Basic LAN skills and word processing skills are developed. Kindergartners go to the computer lab once a week for 40 minutes.
Spanish skills reinforced are greetings and introductory remarks, alphabet and vowels, (with heavy emphasis on phonics), counting numbers 0-20, colors, number recognition 1-10, calendar, review of the Letter People in Spanish, the days of the week, the months of the year, parts of the body, clothing, foods, and family members. New skills introduced are conversational questions and answers, counting by twos, fives and tens, general commands, items in the classroom, weather and seasons, shapes and birthdays.
Skills presented in Pre-Kindergarten are reinforced. Kindergartners learn to make book selections, check out books on a personal card, take books home and return books. They are introduced to varied materials in a library and study the parts of the spine label and the arrangement of E fiction books on the shelf in more depth. They learn where the holiday books are shelved. Simple level encyclopedias are introduced with the study of foreign countries.
Students are introduced to four main areas of physical education: movement education, ball skills, rhythmic skills, games and activities. Emphasis is placed on flexibility, muscle strength/endurance, body and spatial awareness, balance, locomotor skills, and eye-hand/eye-foot coordination. Improvements are assessed through different activities such as target toss, hula hoops, striking skill stations, and basic locomotion skills.
Kindergartners are proud to show off their skills during field day at the end of the year.